April 21, 2004 Subject:
Look at that! It's gorgeous! Time to chop it down!
TOTALLY ironic telling of Redwood trees that have lived "since the birth of Christ" and the narrator goes on and on about the beauty of them, while of course, they're being cut down for "better uses" (no, I'm not making that up) The narration is the best part of this tale. While the chopping down of California redwoods is sad and somewhat awesome to look at, the totally loopy narration that gloats about the beauty of the trees and then to have it come down just totally becomes one ironic hoot-fest. Reccomended!
January 2, 2004 Subject:
What's Left Isn't Enough
Growing up just south of Fresno, California, we spent 10 days every summer in General Grant National Park, camping minutes away from a grove of these magnificent trees. Looking up, the first limb is bigger than many of the Douglas Fir trees we harvest where I live now in the Pacific Northwest. As an adult in my 40's, I still love to go back and soak in as much of their unusual beauty as I can - finally, I planted one in my back yard 3 years ago!
The film hit me like the stab of a knife. I didn't think it'd bother me to see video of these trees coming down, but it choked me up pretty good. The narrator talks about thousands of acres left for us to enjoy, but you know what? - it just isn't enough. I think I need to plant another one...
November 23, 2003 Subject:
Heartbreaking is the only word to describe the sight of these trees coming down. The narrator emphasizes over and over the redwood's resistance to termites, rot, and fire, but he ignores their deadliest enemy, man.
The persistence and skill of the loggers is also intriguing to watch, from the topper who climbs hundreds of feet without a safety net to the men on the ground, attacking a 2000 year old tree with just axes.